Stephen M. Silverman
September 12, 2002 01:35 PM

DIAGNOSED: Eccentric singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, 55, is suffering from lung cancer that doctors have deemed to be untreatable, reports. Since being informed of his condition last month, the man responsible for such songs as “Werewolves of London,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money” and “Excitable Boy” has reportedly been devoting time to his children and to writing and recording new songs. “I’m okay with it,” the usually sarcastic Zevon said in a statement, “but it’ll be a drag if I don’t make it till the next James Bond movie comes out.”

ALTAR-BOUND: A commitment ceremony between wrestling superstars Billy and Chuck is scheduled to take place Thursday night on the season premiere of “WWE SmackDown!” on UPN. For months, The New York Times reports, fans have speculated whether or not Billy and Chuck were more than just Tag Team partners in the ring. Last week, viewers learned the answer for themselves when the 6-foot-5, 280-lb. Chuck Palumbo asked the 6-foot-3, 265-lb. Billy Gunn (real name: Monty Sopp) to extend their Tag Team partnership into a partnership for life. The couple is registered at Pottery Barn — though on “Today” the men claimed to host Matt Lauer that they are not gay and all this is just an act. Lauer read a statement from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, applauding the enlightenment of the wrestlers’ routine. GLAAD also sent along a gravy boat as a gift.

UNDECIDED: Florida gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride had an 8,000-vote lead over Janet Reno in the Democratic primary early Thursday, but was holding off on declaring victory as the state sorted out a race that smacks of the 2000 presidential election debacle in the sunshine state. Although all precincts had reported results, Orange County was still reviewing some ballots that did not scan properly. Gov. Jeb Bush and many voters blamed the problems on touchscreen voting machines that had been purchased to replace punchcard equipment. “At this point I don’t want to talk about it until I know what the circumstances are,” Reno, 64, said in a statement.

CAST: Newcomer Sara Foster, 21, will star opposite Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman and Gary Sinise in “The Big Bounce,” an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Variety reports. She will play a 19-year-old who successfully seduces Owen Wilson’s character, even though he realizes it might not be for his own long-term good, according to the trade paper. Foster, a former model, appeared in an episode of the Showtime series “Going to California” and in the Backstreet Boys video “Shape of My Heart.” She also hosted “ET on MTV,” a trial program that lasted 10 episodes.

ACCUSED: A filmmaker who has contended for years that men never landed on the moon claims he was punched in the jaw by Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, 72, the second man to walk on the moon, Reuters reports. Through his lawyer, Aldrin said he was forced to protect himself from independent Nashville filmmaker Bart Sibrel, 37, who Aldrin said ambushed him and his stepdaughter at a Beverly Hills hotel, blocking them from leaving. Police say witnesses reported that Sibrel poked Aldrin with a Bible, asking him to swear on it that he had reached the moon. No charges have been filed.

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